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EPL Match Day 13: Man City Press for Consecutive Titles as the Others Play Catch up

Match Day 13 is not without some feisty match ups as Chelsea are hosted by Tottenham hotspur, Liverpool aim to go top at the Vicarage Road (against Watford) and Arsenal play a high achieving Bournemouth side.


Saturday finally marks a return to club football with the English Premier League resuming after a torrid but final international break for the year.

Match Day 13 is not without some feisty match ups as Chelsea are hosted by Tottenham hotspur, Liverpool aim to go top at the Vicarage Road (against Watford) and Arsenal play a high achieving Bournemouth side.

Any and every result from this match day would go on to have monumental implications for teams gunning for the title (Liverpool,Chelsea and Manchester city) as well as those seeking to avoid relegation (Fulham, Southampton, Cardiff and Huddersfield).

Below, are briefs on each of the games for the match day

Brighton Hove Albion versus Leicester city (Saturday 24th November, 4pm.)

Both teams are nicely positioned mid-table after 12 games in the Premier League this season, but injuries could sway the clash in favor of the home side.

The Seagulls are hoping to add another victory to their tally as well as bounce back from consecutive defeats before the international break and key man Pascal Gross could be fit to face the Foxes, who are set to be without the two key players in James Maddison and Harry Maguire.

The visitors are favourites, but Brighton’s home form was key in their Premier League survival last season and it will again be vital this time around. Chris Hughton’s Seagulls have improved on the road while losing just one of five so far at the Amex.


Everton versus Cardiff city (Saturday 24th November, 4pm.)

The Blue side of Mersey-side would be witnessing another visit of the Bluebirds after losing 4-1 to Liverpool at their last attempt. The Toffees have been strong at home under Marco Silva so far, collecting 13 points from a possible 18, making them clear favorites to collect full points.

Cardiff may have won last time out, but securing successive victories is a tough ask in the Premier League, especially when you have scored just two goals away from home all season.

A key stat for Cardiff is that they have trailed at the break six times this season, four of them coming away from home. Everton, meanwhile, are improving with every game and on a good run, having held unbeaten Chelsea to a draw at Stamford Bridge last time out.


Fulham versus Southampton (Saturday 24th November, 4pm.)

London club, Fulham will be ending this international break with the hope that their run of poor form will see a change of fortunes under the new management in the name of Claudio Ranieri.

The former Chelsea, Leicester city and Roma gaffer will have a lot on his hands as he oversaw his first Fulham training session.

Fixing up a leaky Cottager’s defence that has conceded 31 goals in 12 games since the return to topflight would be a priority. One that shouldn’t be much of a challenge for the Italian, as his teams are known for their defensive solidity. Going forward, there seems to be no shortage of talent so finding the goals should be easier once the pressure on the defensive end has been lifted.

Facing a Southampton side short in front of goal, it oscillates between a home victory with few goals for the visitors or a share of the spoils in the form of a draw.

Southampton needed a break and Charlie Austin’s disallowed goal, which cost them the win against Watford last time out, could prove to be the turning point they did not need.

Manchester United versus Crystal Palace (Saturday 24th November, 4pm.)


A cruel set of fixture is set to continue for the Crystal Palace as they journey to the City of Manchester to play Manchester united. The Eagles haven’t particularly gotten off to a flying start as their 2018/19 campaign has been relatively poor after statistically garnering a measly eight points from 12 games.

Manchester United can revel in the simple fact that they have never lost to Crystal Palace in the Premier League and will look to keep the top six teams on the log within their sights with another routine win.

With Luke Shaw suspended, Jose Mourinho will be forced to reshuffle and that could see Antonio Valencia return from injury at right-back, with Ashley Young moving across to the left.

Red Devils captain Valencia, who has been travelling on international duty with Ecuador, could feel the effects of the air mileage and he is a little rash as it is with two bookings to his name already this term.


Watford versus Liverpool (Saturday 24th November, 4pm.)

Liverpool aim to continue their pursuit of a first ever title since 1990 by getting another three points against a well improved Watford side at the Vicarage Road.

The Reds may have lost some of their heavy metal sheen from last season, but it has been duly sacificed for the pursuit of the Premier League Trophy. The Reds are much more conservative, much more smarter, and are no longer guaranteed to be part of a high-scoring thriller.

Instead, they have improved their game management and can see out slim leads, something they may have to do against Watford on Saturday as they look to remain unbeaten. You will see them in lower scoring victories more often this season and it may well pay dividends.

With that in mind, with the Reds may be more likely to win at Vicarage Road. Most especially as this would do loads of good in the form of confidence going into an away match at PSG on Wednesday and, with the Premier League priority and Hertfordshire a tough stomping ground in the past, do not expect them to take their eye off the ball for this one.


Westham United versus Manchester City (Saturday 24th November, 4pm.)

The blue half of Manchester would be expecting another routine win against a Hammers side that seems to be on the resurgence.

Westham, a team that has had to endure a difficult start to the season before their recent upturn of form visit the citizens with their former manager- Manuel Pellegrini and defender, Pablo Zabaleta in their ranks.

Pellegrini’s side have shown improvement, scoring four in their victory over Burnley last time out at the London Stadium, but a City side – potentially without Bernardo Silva as well as Kevin De Bruyne – will need a real off day to come away without the points after starting the season convincingly and without complacency.

Manchester City should enjoy the majority of possession, so chances are expected with a definite win for the Blues of Manchester city.


Tottenham Hotspur versus Chelsea (Saturday 24th November, 6:30pm.)

Pochettino’s men have struggled for cutting edge in recent weeks, and this may be an increased source for worry for fans of the club as they host another London derby with the Blues.

Spurs have won three of their last seven league games against the visitors, as many as they had in the previous 49 top-flight encounters. To worsen it further, the Sarri-led Chelsea team are enjoying a 12 game unbeaten run and may produce a masterclass performance to come away with all three points.

Davinson Sanchez will face a late fitness test as he recovers from a hamstring injury, while Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele are injured and Kieran Trippier is doubtful.

Mateo Kovacic is a doubt after missing Croatia’s Nations League defeat against England due to a minor muscle injury, with Ethan Ampadu the only other absentee for the guests.


Bournemouth versus Arsenal (Sunday 25th November, 2:30pm)

Match Day 13 will see the Cherries host Arsenal in a season that has seen the hosts start impressively, pumping in the goals and getting the results. Arsenal on the other hand may have slowed down a little after four draws in their last five games and will be looking to return to winning ways under the guidance of Unai Emery.

The hosts with be without Josh King and Adam Smith. Konstantinos Mavropanos joins long-term absentee Laurent Koscielny on the side-lines for the visitors.

The participation of both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also in doubt. Should they miss out, it would leave the favourites looking short on attacking options considering Danny Welbeck is already ruled out. However, both have participated in some gym sessions this week.


Wolverhampton versus Huddersfield (Sunday, 25th November, 5:30pm)

Wolves have stuttered a little in recent weeks so the international break came at a good time for them. After losing just one of their opening eight fixtures, Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves have lost three and won none of the last four. Despite their poor head-to-head record, Wolves should see the guests as ideal opponents for ending their winless streak.

Huddersfield have raised their performances in the last couple of matches and they will look to keep things tight and follow their blueprint to grind out results so there are unlikely to be many goals.

Jonny is ruled out after picking up a knee injury on international duty with Spain, while Matt Doherty is also a doubt following his own withdrawal from the Republic of Ireland squad.

Mathias Jorgensen is suspended due to an accumulation of yellow cards, while Chris Lowe and Jonas Lossl are both doubts.


Burnley versus Newcastle (Monday, 26th November, 9pm.)

This final game fixed for the dread 9pm Monday kick-off sees the Clarets host Newcastle at the Turf Moor. A poor run of form has seen Burnley languish in 15th place; a terrible contrast to their performances over the last two seasons.

On the visiting end, consecutive wins and seven points out of a possible nine, may have encouraged the Geordie fans are to finally believe Rafael Benitez’s claims that his Newcastle United side are not going to be relegated.

That is not to say that the Club is safe as the ongoing spat between Benitez and Mike Ashley causing a morale dampener over the club. Irrespective, the winner of this game would improve on their chances of remaining in the league.

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